03 Mar 2022
Princes Square is delighted to announce the appointment of Katie Moody as Centre Director – a newly created position – following her four-year tenure as Head of Marketing. In the new position, Katie will drive the iconic Princes Square forward and make it a ‘unique place to be’.
Following reopening after lockdown, Katie secured a number of pop-up stores in Princes Square, including Empire; Bute Fabrics; Isle of Harris Gin; London-based menswear brand, Percival Clothing and Scottish-sustainable brand, Isolated Heroes. Katie also created Princes Square Collective which ran every weekend in October and up until Christmas 2021 and showcased the work of local traders - from start-ups to larger independent brands - to offer customers something different each week. This gave small business owners the chance to show their products and sell to the public, something most of them hadn’t been able to do since the start of the pandemic.
Commenting on her appointment, Katie Moody said: “We are in a period of change following the pandemic and it’s a key time for retail and time for us to make the necessary changes to ensure the customer experience and journey at Princes Square is second to none. We want our guests to feel when they walk through our doors, they have the same experience as a five-star hotel and we want to encourage them to spend the day in the centre – shopping, dining and catching a movie at Everyman cinema.”
Katie will be strengthening her team over the coming months and has already recruited Gary Stewart as Operations Manager. Gary was previously Operations Manager at Ayr Central Shopping Centre.
Princes Square opened in 1987 and was named Scotland’s favourite building of the last 100 years in 2016. Princes Square opened in its current format as a shopping and dining destination in 1988. Now owned by Redevco, the centre has undergone a £7.5m refurbishment.
The original buildings consisted of a 4-storey merchant square built in yellow sandstone and completed in 1841. The then owner, James Campbell, was knighted by Queen Victoria and later became Lord Provost of Glasgow. In celebration of the birth of the Prince of Wales, later to become Edward VII, he named his new building Princes Square.
The Grade B listed buildings were developed by GRE Properties Ltd in the 1980s. The brief then was to preserve and restore the original buildings but create a modern shopping and dining centre of quality and distinction with an emphasis on style – which remains within the centre today.
With over 25 retailers and 12 eateries, Princes Square is Glasgow’s premier retail and leisure destination. Located in the heart of the city’s bustling Buchanan Street, the mall provides a shopping haven to lovers of high street and designer fashion, beauty, jewellery, homewares and lifestyle brands while its wide range of bars, restaurants and cafes offers something for every palate. Opening hours are 10am – 6pm Monday to Saturday and 11-5pm on Sundays.
For more information about Princes Square please visit: www.princessquare.co.uk